Coffee is one of the world’s most popular beverages. Most people drink coffee but they do not understand the benefits that come with it.
Caffeine is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear about coffee, but coffee also contains antioxidants and other active substances that help protect the body against diseases and keep it in good shape.
Coffee is a beverage that has been both praised and mocked all over the world for centuries. With the research that has been done on the benefits of coffee to the body, the negative mentality about coffee has changed.
Study shows that coffee drinkers have a much lower risk of several serious diseases. This is because coffee is a whole complex substance with a thousand different healthy substances.
Coffee also has side effects if wrongly taken. For example, pregnant women are advised to slow down their coffee intake. Below are some of the benefits of drinking a cup of coffee every day.
- Improves the energy levels
Coffee contains a stimulant called caffeine, it the most consumed psychoactive substance in the world. After you take coffee, the caffeine is absorbed into the bloodstream, then travels to the brain.
In the brain, caffeine blocks an inhibitory neurotransmitter which causes a stimulant effect. This improves energy levels, mood, and various aspects of the brain function such as memory, vigilance, and many others. It also helps you focus and improves mental alertness.
- Improves physical body performance
Caffeine increases the adrenaline (fight-or-flight hormone) levels in your blood, which prepare the body for immense physical strain. Caffeine also increases the ability of the body to burn fat through lipolysis or breaks down the fat in fat cells.
It also has an impact on the motor cortex, which signals muscle activation. It now makes a lot of sense why you should grab a cup of coffee before heading out to the gym.
- Lowers risk of type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is a major health issue affecting millions of people in the world. Coffee contains a bioactive compound called Cafestol that increases insulin secretion. Type 2 is a result of the body’s inability to produce enough insulin or use the hormone effectively thus blood glucose becomes too high.
Cafestol contributes to a reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes and has a potential role as an antidiabetic drug.
- Contain essential body nutrients
During the brewing of coffee, many nutrients make their way into the finished brewed coffee. A cup of coffee contains the following nutrients:
- Magnesium and niacin(vitamin B3) -2% of the reference daily intake(RDI)
- Pantothenic acid(vitamin B5)-6% of RDI
- Manganese and potassium-3% of RDI
- Riboflavin (vitamin B12) -11% of RDI
Most of these nutrients are vitamins and minerals that help in boosting the immune system, repair cellular damages, and aid in blood clotting.
- Lowers risks of getting Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia
Alzheimer’s disease is the leading cause of Dementia. It is the most common neurodegenerative disease. It is caused by complex brain changes following cell damage.
Coffee reduces the levels of beta-amyloid (a destructive protein commonly found in the brains of people suffering from Alzheimer’s).
There are several other ways of preventing this disease from occurring in the first place such as eating healthy and exercising often, but taking coffee may be effective as well.
- Protects the liver
The liver carries hundreds of important functions in the body. The liver is affected by diseases such as fatty liver disease and hepatitis which may result in liver cirrhosis. This disease results in the liver being largely replaced by scar tissue.
When you take coffee, the body digests caffeine making a chemical called Paraxanthine that slows down the growth of the scar tissue. Thus helps fight liver cirrhosis and many other liver diseases.
- Helps fight depression
Depression is a serious brain disorder that results from a bad immune reaction that causes inflammation to the brain. Some researchers say that it could also be a result of low serotonin levels in the brain.
Taking coffee helps alleviate this kind of inflammation due to its special combination of antioxidants such as quinolinic acid, tannic acid, and nicotinic acid.
- Lower risk of certain types of cancer
Cancer is one of the leading causes of death in the world. It as a result of uncontrolled cell growth in your body. Coffee may protect against liver and colorectal cancer which are the third and the fourth leading cause of cancer deaths respectively.
Coffee helps fight against colorectal cancer perhaps due to its ability to fight inflammations and insulin resistance and because it contains anti-carcinogenic compounds.
- Lower risk of Parkinson’s
It a disease caused by the death of dopamine-generating neurons in the brain. Coffee has two compounds that are caffeine and the fatty acid EHT, they work together to protect against alpha-synuclein clumps and dopamine neuron loss.
Since there no cure to this disease it makes it more important to focus on preventing it. For people who take decaf, this may not be beneficial since caffeine in this case appears to be the main element of preventing the disease.
- Helps in weight lose
Coffee contains certain minerals such as magnesium and potassium, which helps the body use insulin thus regulating blood sugar levels and reduce your cravings for sugary snacks.
It also breaks down the accumulated fats in the body leading to weight loss.
Drinking coffee helps lengthen the life span of a human being since they are less likely to get many diseases. According to a study based on type 2 diabetes, drinking coffee is associated with a 20% reduced risk of death in men and 26% reduced death risk in women.
If you enjoy coffee and have no problem with its caffeine content do not hesitate to pour yourself a cup or more daily. Drinking coffee also has some side effects but as long as you drink coffee that is toxin-free and brewed with the care it is good for you.